Nancy E. Johnston

Nancy E. Johnston

December 29, 1936 - June 16, 2014

Nancy E. Johnston

December 29, 1936 - June 16, 2014


Nancy E. Johnston died peacefully in her home on June 16th, 2014 following a long courageous battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed. Nancy was a great person; loved by her husband Robert L. Johnston (Bob), her children Stephanie (Tom) Steven (Rose) and Dan (Monica), as well as her stepchildren Stephen (Jodi), Robert (Teresa), Cheryl (Bud), Mike (Yukari), and Karyn. Nancy had 7 grandchildren: Matthew, Monica, Caroline, Charlotte, Bradley, Luke, and Lily. 14 step grandchildren, Anthony, Nick, Christian, Jordan, Evan, Samuel, John, Tom, Riley, Casey, Noah, Sara, Logan and Cooper.

She had many friends, some of whose friendships began in the 1950’s from Indiana, where she was born and raised. Nancy attended Ball State University and Indiana University where she attained a Masters in Education. After raising her family in Indiana and Michigan, Nancy moved to Newport Beach California 20 years ago.

Nancy started her career as an educator and administrator in early childhood and ended her career educating and overseeing new teachers at Cal State Fullerton.

Nancy was very active and loved to travel, she was active in the American Cancer Society, OC Barons, Interfaith Hunger Walks, and her church Our Lady Queen of Angels.

Nancy was a wonderful mother, loving wife, proud grandmother and loyal friend. She was a very sweet, kind, humorous, strong, brave and much admired woman. Nancy had an incredible sense of bringing people together. Her family and friends’ lives were greatly touched by having known her.

A memorial mass for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 @ 10am at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach, California. Reception to follow. If anyone is so inclined, the family asks that a donation to the organization that was so meaningful to Nancy, The Orange County American Cancer Society – OC Barons League, 1940 E. Deere Ave. #100, Santa Ana, CA, 92705 would be greatly appreciated.

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20 responses to Nancy E. Johnston

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  1. Always a champion, always in grace. Making things happen right.
    Always keeping pace. We will miss you Mom & Nana. We will always care.
    You were the guiding light. You were always there. A time will come again, where we will sing and dance together. Until then watch over us please. Let your love guide us.
    Our hearts are at peace.

  2. Nancy and Bob, My California angels!! Thank you for coming to my rescue 7 years ago. You will always be in my heart. Robert will look after you!!
    Love nancy zappola.

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  4. To my friend Nancy,we had such fun! We laughed, we shopped for treasure, we met wild & interesting people, we covered most of Newport, we got a puppy, we talked about our families & friends, we laughed some more. You always found the best stuff the “pony” in the pile of junk – & stuffed it into your tiny car, then hid it from Bob at home. You ARE the treasure fun, happy, loving and loved. I miss you. You’ll always be part of me, living securely in my heart. It’s not goodbye. You’re still here. <3

  5. A beautiful person inside and out. It was wonderful being in her company becuase she was always so upbeat and positive. Dave and I will cherish the memories of the times that we all spent together. I will especially think of her on our shared birthday. She will be missed.

    Love, Dave and Claudia

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